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Sota's grads set the bar high

Arts school proving its worth with its students' strong academic results and artistic development

Published on Feb 23, 2014 7:50 AM

Singapore's only pre-tertiary arts school has been proving its worth.

The first two cohorts of the School of the Arts (Sota) - with the latest graduating last year - both surpassed the national average in the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examinations.

Out of its 80 pioneering students, 54 are studying in local and overseas universities - with most pursuing general degrees. The rest, including 19 boys, are on national service or taking a gap year.

But the school's success, said Sota principal Lim Geok Cheng, goes beyond academics. From the first batch who graduated in 2012, 13 have moved on to prestigious arts schools such as Berklee College of Music and The Juilliard School in America.

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Background story

Practice makes perfect

"If you really want to be an artist, you need to spend quite a great deal of time developing your skills."

MS LIM GEOK CHENG, Sota's principal